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“In my former life…

…I was a pair of jeans”

So happy to be taking part in Portia’s  the refashioners2016. The challenge is to refashion jeans into other clothing/accessories.

For my first try, I grabbed a pair of my son’s jeans, rescuing them from his Goodwill donation bag. I often sneak jeans from his giveaways, and stash them away for a project. I generally prefer skirts to pants, and like the casual look of denim skirts, great to wear with flat sneakers and T-shirts ( I don’t lead a very “dressed-up” life).

jeans refashion

I started by spreading the jeans out to see how much fabric I could get out of them – my son is an tall adult, but I am a wide adult 🙂

As I spread the jeans out, it struck me that the inside leg curve could be flipped upside down to form a side seam flare. I wanted to try something different from adding a triangle at centre front and centre back to add flare.


Two legs joined together were not going to be enough to wrap around my hips, so I kept cutting pieces, and pinning them together on myself until it fit. The only extra piece of fabric I added was a scrap from my stash to make the button strip on the left front.

When cutting the outside seams open, I saved the seam allowances, thinking they might come in handy as a trim. Sure enough, I ended up using them down the front.


I used the original waistband, but, of course slimbo son’s waist is smaller than mine, so I cut the band in half and stitched the ticket pocket at centre back to fill the gap.

Refashioners 2016 skirt

As I was making it up as I went along (nothing new there), I hadn’t planned the hem finish. The skirt was a little shorter than I like so I didn’t want to turn it up, and I didn’t have enough scraps to make a border, so I just stitched a couple of lines, washed it, and frayed the hem.

jeans refashion

Refashioners 2016 skirt

I like the way it turned out.

Thanks for the motivation, Portia, and all the other Refashioners!!

PS. I went to the Goodwill outlet and snagged 5 more pairs of jeans ($1 per pr), so more refashions to come….


10 responses »

  1. Love the finished product! It looks very profesional!

  2. This turned out pretty darn good! So glad you’ve joined in!

  3. fantastic, its the perfect length – love the button front, and the pocket

  4. This looks very good, I especially like the back view – no offence intended. Its original too, haven’t seen anything else like it.

  5. Beautiful refashion. Only one jeans to make this skirt. TOP.


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